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"The Chronicler" Webcast

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010: Join three Old Testament scholars as they share information, ideas and insights on the book of Chronicles. This ninety-minute presentation, sponsored by the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, is available below.

Additionally, a series of ten podcasts, one to accompany each chapter of the book, has been created. These podcasts are based on the chapters of the book, The Chronicler, part of the Covenant Bible Studies series. They are designed to accompany Bible studies using The Chronicler, and will also be available through Bethany Seminary’s Webcast Central page. Copies of this book, written by Bob Neff and Frank Ramirez, are available through Brethren Press. This book and the online resources make an excellent Bible study for any adult Christian education class!

Listen to the podcasts and/or download them through the Church of the Brethren Webcast Series site!


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Our presenters:

© Church of the Brethren/Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford
Robert W. Neff – professor emeritus of Old Testament at Bethany Theological Seminary, former general secretary of the Church of the Brethren, president emeritus of Juniata College, and current associate for resource development at The Village at Morrison’s Cove;
Ramirez Frank Ramirez – writer, storyteller, president of the Brethren Journal Association, and pastor of the Everett Church of the Brethren;
Schweitzer Steven Schweitzer – academic dean and associate professor of Old Testament Studies at Bethany Theological Seminary, and author of Reading Utopia in Chronicles.

For technical questions or assistance, please contact:

Enten Eller,
Director of Electronic Communication at Bethany Seminary, at or 765-983-1831.

Matt Boersma
Master of Arts

MattMy thesis began its journey while learning Hebrew at the University of Notre Dame, back when I was an employee in the Information Technology department. Among the many Hebrew texts read, it was the Song of Songs in particular that caught my attention. I knew that historically it had been interpreted as an allegorical text exploring God's love of Israel (or the church), but I had not encountered the deeply sensual nature of the images and the erotic tone of the text. Reading through the book, the unabashed sexuality of the words struck me as completely different than how the rest of the Bible treats sex. During the previous semester we had read selections of Ezekiel, where sex and female desire is cast as idolatrous and evil. In the Song, it is unashamed and extolled.